2017-06-19 10:25:43 UTC
I have recently installed NixOS on a PC and noticed some unexpected
things with Firefox on NixOS:
- Up to date versions:
Currently, NixOS only contains outdated Firefox-versions (53.0.3, 52.1.2esr);
there are newer official versions since about 1 week.
How long does it usually take until the newest version gets packaged?
I installed firefox-esr, but the started Firefox called itself "Nightly".
I searched the mailinglist, and it looks like it is called "Nightly"
because it is built by NixOS/Hydra.
I think this is irritating for most users; since the name probably
cannot be changed to "Firefox", it would be nice if it would be
mentioned e.g. in the Nix-manual (or maybe in the Firefox-About-Dialog?).
- Data choices:
After starting Firefox, it tells me:
"Nightly automatically sends some data to Mozilla so that we can
improve your experience. [Choose What I Share]"
When I click on "Choose What I Share", I get to the data-choices-
preferences-dialog (Preferences -> Advanced -> Data Choices),
but this dialog is empty.
So, does the NixOS-Nightly-Firefox automatically send data?
Is there a way to prevent this?
And is this documented somewhere?
- Parallel install of esr and newest version:
I would like to install both firefox and firefox-esr and access both
in the same environment (without switching environments).
Would it be possible to e.g. add a "firefox-esr"-executable-symlink by
firefox-esr, so that it works as follows?
- $ firefox
starts the newest version if both firefox and firefox-esr are installed,
or the newest or the esr version if only one is installed
- $ firefox-esr
always starts the esr-version